Wednesday 23rd August 2006.
It's 9 AM, I'm ready to enter an high school of Coquitlam,
1 hour by bus and skytrain from Downtown Vancouver. The
place seems very quite but we can already see some vans
at the entrance. So, this is not the studio, this is an
high school transformed into a museum for the purposes
of an episode of Stargate SG-1 called
follow the instructions given to me the previous day and
go to the back of the school.
Now, I can see a lot of trucks, vans and a white tent
where I had to wait for my appointment. The wait wasn't
very long and Brigitte, the on-set publicist of Stargate
welcomed me and took me inside the school. The visit has
We walked the hallways, there were pieces of sets, objects
and a lot of film stuffs everywhere. We had to take the
stairway and I could see a large room at the bottom with
a lot of costumed people. Then Christopher Judge
appeared and he was talking to someone. I had to keep
silent, they were shooting a scene!
A few minutes later, I was at the bottom, walking through
artifacts, jaffa weapons, and people again, there were
a lot of people working in there! The sets were in front
of my eyes, people were running everywhere and I could
see the hall of the school transformed into a museum,
a lot of well known stuff, such as statues of Jaffa serpent
guards, jaffa staff weapons, and many many other artifacts
such as the machine seen in "Decent",
when Jonas swam underwater to activate a device to reroute
power to Major Carter's panel.
At this moment, I was able to see Michael Shanks,
Ben Browder, Christopher Judge
and Claudia Black all together on the
set! Unfortunately Amanda Tapping wasn't
working this day ... They repeated the scene again and
again and again, not always by the same angle, but always
the same words and the same conversation between the actors.
Deluise was directing this episode and he came
to me and we had a talk about things. I did a special
artwork printed on a photo paper for everybody to sign
it and he was impressed by the quality and signed it directly.
Peter was very very kind and offered me to seat on John
Lenic's chair to watch live on screen what was filming
a few meters from there. He even asked me to take photos
of the sets, such as that big Jaffa statue, the device
from "Decent" and that beautifull jaffa mask
from Stargate - The movie. We also did some photos together.
All for private use, sorry people ... We sat down for
a small interview between "Aaaand ACTION!"
and "Aaaaand CUT!". He was
very motivated and as kind as I heard he was. We had a
great time, especially when I asked when they are going
to put a French scientist in the Atlantis expedition....
Actually he proposed me the role (yes yes, really). Maybe
a joke, but I'll find out! And Peter if you read this,
I'm still available and READY!!
Then back to duty, I continued to watch Stargate between
the screens and the sets.
Someone suggested I eat something and there were sandwiches
... turkey sandwiches?? Actually I think they
were ham sandwiches ... It was the time for Ben
Browder to quit but before we had a "hug",
he came to me and took me into his arms ...
Shanks was also around and we took some pictures
too. Back on stage, I can still hear him yelling "shut
up!" ... not at me! But on the hostages SG-1 took
in the museum!
Yes, that is why this episode is called "Bad guys"!
They repeated that scene at least 10 times! Poor Michael,
I hope he did not get a sore throat after that!
Time to meet Christopher Judge, also
very kind, we had a quarter to talk between 2 scenes.
And you will be soon able to chat with him on our forum
Next was Claudia Black, we were expecting
this meeting for long! This was a wonderfull moment, she
is really really sweet, kind and beautiful. I had a great
time talking with her. And she was excited to come
on The Scifi World forum to chat with all of you!
Back in the main place, I expected to finish that interview
with Peter Deluise but he was too busy
and it was time to get out of the school to go to the
In a rush I saw Dan Shea running ...
20 minutes by car, we arrived on the studios with Carol,
the assistant of Brigitte.
It was time to enter the SGC! I first saw the hallways
before entering the main place: the Gateroom!
It was unreal, that real Stargate in front of me! And
I did it, I came through the gate! The place was quite
dark, they were not shooting for the moment so all the
lights were switched off. But even in half darkness it
was a great moment, touching that Stargate, watching all
the details of it ... The back of the wall was a moving
"wall" with a green panel behind it for the
special effects. All the walls that looks like cement
are not cement as you can imagine, it's a kind of plastic/cardboard.
Walking again through the hallways, actually it was very
small, all the different hallways you can see on the show
are actually shot in the same places, only 2 places!
The command room was also smaller than I imagined and
I sat down in Gary Jones chair and said
"chevron 1 encoded" with my hand on
the computer! Unfortunately this place was very very dark,
but that was great and we went to the top place, the meeting
room and I sat down in the General seat! After, going
to Landry's office, but the furnitures was missing for
other purposes. I also saw Carter's lab which is actually
the same place as Daniel's lab!
Time for lunch! A lot of costumed actors and stunts people
were eating at the buffet. This isn't at all the cantine
stuff we get usually at office, this is a top buffet!
Lot of different things to eat and all very appetizing!
There, I had a talk with a french girl working there.
I didn't expected to speak french on that place, it was
The next step was Atlantis! Carol and I went over to
the first big door and we were in the Gateroom! Impressive!
I was on Atlantis, walking through the
Gate and walking on the Atlantis stairs! Then, it was
the command room, the balcony, Dr Weir's office and the
meeting room. We did not have much time here as I had
an appointment with Rachel Luttrell. But again, it was
quick but so cool! I also had the opportunity to see the
"Blade 3" set , which one was actually
bought and transformed for the purposes of Stargate
went through another door and we were in a middle age
village with flags and paintings representing Dr McKay's
face. We were in "The Game"! Then I
sat and I was able to watch the scenes at the same place
as earlier at the school. The place where the scene was
shot was too small for me to come into, so I watched it
on the screens. I get up to have another look at the sets
and just behind me someone was running fast with his skateboard
... it was Joe Flannigan! Rachel
Luttrell was just a few meters from me and that
was great to finally meet her. She is even more beautifull
in person than on screen!
She had to go back shooting and I walked away on the
village. On some stairways of the village was Chuck
Campbell and I sat down with him a few minutes
while a scene was shot. We talked about things and others
and especially when I asked him if we were going to see
more of him on screen this year. Actually, on season 3
he has 3 seconds by episode and he hopes that in season
4 he will got 4 ... so maybe in season 10, he'll got 10
seconds on screen! That was funny, but I hope he'll get
more soon! While whe had to shut up, we could hear someone
yelling "BOOOM", again and
again! Actually he was simulating a bomb during the shot.
Every "BOOOM", means that the
actors have to react as it was a real bomb exploding around
them. That was also funny!
village was nice to walk through and back to the director's
chair, I saw Martin Wood running to the small place where
they were shooting. A few minutes later, Rachel came to
me and we had 15 minutes to chat between 2 shots. That
was a wonderful experience.
The whole visit was a wonderful experience!
But as all good things comes to an end, that was the end
of the visit .....
I would like to express my gratitude to Paul
G. without who this wouldn't have been possible,
Brigitte and Carol for
having taken the time to show me around and explain everything
and everybody on the sets for their kindness and smiles
despite the announce of the cancellation of Stargate SG-1.